Paul George Expected To Immediately Re-Sign With Thunder

Paul George

GETTYPaul George developed a close friendship with Russell Westbrook while playing in OKC

He was traded to the Thunder past year from the Indiana Pacers, but declined to exercise his player option with Oklahoma for 2018-19, making him an unrestricted free agent.

George made the announcement at a private party in Oklahoma City hosted by Russell Westbrook.

Under NBA rules, contracts can not be finalized until Friday but news about player plans began circulating quickly once the period for conversations began.

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George forced his way out of IN a year ago by telling the Pacers he planned to become a free agent this summer and sign with the Lakers. Oklahoma City acquired him last summer via trade from the Indiana Pacers. Anthony has a no-trade clause, but a trade that could precede a buyout to play elsewhere next season could be a move Anthony would welcome. Given the savings the Thunder would get from doing so, it also could put them in a position to retain free agent forward Jerami Grant, and potentially add another helpful piece in free agency.

Durant's tweet implied that many "fans" are fairweather fans and abandoned Cleveland as soon as they bowed out and now moved on to root for the Lakers who were still in the thick of things.

Grant was a key reserve for the Thunder last season scoring eight points (on 54 percent shooting) and four rebounds a contest in 20 minutes.

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Much like the Lakers, the Sixers lack postseason experience and James would be surrounded by players who have barely tasted the postseason.

Representatives from the team will meet in Los Angeles with James' agent Rich Paul on Sunday, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. The Lakers are hoping they can persuade him to sign with them and return them to glory. Had "PG-13" not opted to stay with his current team, he was widely expected to take his talents to his hometown of Los Angeles and play for the Lakers who are also pursuing two other superstars - Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James. They also have the ninth-most cap room of any National Basketball Association team. And the Thunder were smart enough to not let him get away. George took the stage at that party, grabbed a microphone and delivered four words that shocked many. No matter what he decided, that was extremely unprofessional as he expressed interest in a team and it was a possible destination spot for him all along as he didn't even sit down with Magic Johnson and the Lakers.

"I thought he'd sign a two-year with an opt-out to give himself flexibility, but he's locked in".

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